My Wartime Summers by Jane Cutler

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Ellen Parker grows up during four memorable and bittersweet summers.
 

About Jane Cutler

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Jane Cutler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1936. When Jane was six she moved to Clayton, Missouri. In Clayton, Jane she was encouraged to read, draw, participate in drama and sports, and to do what she loved best: to write. Jane went to Northwestern University and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in English. In 1982, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master's degree in Creative Writing. In 1993, she published her first book for children. Both Jane and her books have won various awards.
 
Published September 30, 1994 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ellen Parker finishes fifth grade in 1942 and spends that summer playing with kids on her block, attacking unsuspecting German refugees (they could be spies, she argues), and waiting for her young Uncle Bob to be drafted.

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The author's use of period details is so convincing that the book reads like autobiography, but the elliptical structure of her novel, which jumps from one summer to the next, undermines the mood-unlike Ellen, the reader is not sufficiently exposed to the historical climate to appreciate the inci...

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